In Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering, students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process, and use the same industry-leading technology and software as are used in the world’s top companies. Students are immersed in design as they investigate topics such as sustainability, mechatronics, forces, structures, 3-dimensional design, digital electronics and circuit design, manufacturing, and the environment, which gives them an opportunity to learn about different engineering disciplines before beginning post-secondary education or careers.

    Schools offer a minimum of three courses by the end of the third year of implementation: Introduction to Design (Engineering Essentials) Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

    Foundation Courses

    Introduction to Design (ID, 1 year) (PLTW Engineering Essentials)

    Students learn the basics of drafting by hand and using computer-assisted design, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects.

    Introduction to Engineering Design (IED, 1 year)

    Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.


    Principles of Engineering (POE, 1 year) 

    Students dig deeper into the technical side of design, using learning new programming software and the wide array of careers their skills will apply to. Students expand use circuit tools in combination with the simple machines they've studied in previous courses to program logic devices and design more complex technical solutions to engineering challenges.

    Capstone Course

    Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM, 1 year)

    Students combine the skill sets they've developed over the foundational course sequence to address more complex engineering challenges and leverage new technical skills. Students use manufacturing machinery to design a capstone project prototype as a solution to a real-world problem, and present their project in a Senior Showcase at the end of the year.